DCC Celebrity Summit: The Biggest Film and TV Stars, All in One Place

by | May 18, 2018

Denver Comic Con is made of up over a dozen Attraction Areas, spread out across more than a million square feet of the Colorado Convention Center.

One of the largest is Celebrity Summit. Taking up more than 120,000 square feet on the main show floor (See a location map HERE), Celebrity Summit is also one of our most popular attractions.

Why? Because the Summit is where the biggest stars of film and TV will be located, all in one place, waiting for you to visit them, get an autograph, and maybe even get a professional photo with them.

We’re talking about celebrities like David Tennant, Matt Smith, Billie Piper, KJ Apa, David Harbour, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Pom Klementieff, Alan Tudyk ― and many more.

In fact, we expect 2018 to be our biggest year yet in the Summit, with more than 40 stars in attendance. Visit the official DCC Guest Page for a complete, up-to-date list.

Pro Tip: You can sign-up, schedule, and pay for professional celebrity photos BEFORE the start of the con. This service is offered by our amazing partner EPIC Photo Ops [LINK]. By pre-ordering, you are guaranteed to get a spot, plus the convenience of scheduling it to work best with your schedule on the day(s) you’re attending. Pre-orders for EPIC Photo Ops will open on Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. MT!

Need more details? The FAQ below will answer many of the questions we receive the most. But, if there is still something you need answered, please don’t hesitate to send email to info@popcultureclassroom.org. We’re here to help!

Remember, we make most of our announcements (including news about the celebrities) on our social media channels and over email. So, be sure to subscribe for updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

See you at the Summit!

What is Celebrity Summit?

Celebrity Summit, one of the largest Attraction Areas at Denver Comic Con, is where the biggest stars of film, TV and pop culture media appear, sign autographs and participate in photo shoots with attendees. Obtaining autographs and/or taking part in photo shoots with guests in Celebrity Summit requires additional fees.

How Do I Meet Guests Appearing Inside Celebrity Summit?

Meeting stars who are appearing in Celebrity Summit is different than meeting most other guests at the convention in several important ways.

First, you’ll need to find your way to the Celebrity Summit attraction area on the main convention show floor. This year, it’s in Hall A. To make it easier for you to find, we’ll be posting maps on the Celebrity Summit attraction page (on the DCC website) and on the DCC mobile app several weeks before the convention.

When you arrive at Celebrity Summit, you’ll see that each of the Summit guests is seated at their own table, and they’ll have their name and photo on a big banner right above them. Get into the line for that celebrity and once you get to the front of the line you’ll have the ability to pay for an autograph.

Because the guests in the Summit are among the most famous in their respective industries, tens of thousands of con attendees visit the Celebrity Summit attraction area each day, so if you plan to visit, it’s good to plan ahead.

Are There Lines in Celebrity Summit and What Can We Expect in Terms of a Wait?

The celebrities are incredibly appreciative of their fans, and they want to meet as many as they can and not turn anyone away. So, to accommodate as many people as possible, and to keep it fair and manageable, each guest does have a line.

It’s likely that you will have to wait in a line before you can meet your celebrity and get an autograph, but the good news is the lines tend to move quickly.

Often, your wait time may only be a few minutes, but expect at least a 30-60 minute wait for the biggest celebrities.

One thing that can help is to avoid the times when the Summit is typically the most crowded. Saturday will definitely be the busiest of all days, and the first few hours after the show floor opens each day also tends to be quite busy.

PRO TIP: When you arrive at the con, go to the Summit first, check out your favorite celebrity’s daily appearance schedule that will be posted at the end of their line. If the line is super short, take the opportunity and get in there! If the line is long, ask the line attendant when might be the best time to return, and plan your day accordingly.

Lines are an inevitable part of any con, so to help make your line waiting a little less stressful, we created a blog post here with tips on how to make the best of them.

What About Those Separate “Speed Pass” Lines in Celebrity Summit?

If you’ve never been to the Summit before, you’ll quickly notice that there are actually two lines for each guest, and you may wonder what that’s all about.

The answer is that one of those lines is for standard pass holders, and the other is for Speed Pass holders. If you’re a Speed Pass holder, you’ll be allowed to use the Speed Pass line, which allows you to bypass the standard line and zip to the front in minutes, if not seconds.

If you want to know more about Speed Passes, or if you were lucky enough to get one before they sold out, check out the blog we posted here on how to get the most out of them.

Can I Wait in Line and Just Say Hello to Stars in Celebrity Summit Without Paying for Something?

This answer is bit more vague, and the best answer we can give is, sometimes.

We call this a “meet and greet only.” Celebrity guests are working and if they have massive lines, oftentimes “meet and greet only” is not allowed.

They often don’t tell us ahead of time if they permit this in their lines, so you can ask the line volunteers at that particular space, as they will have the answer to that question.

Do I Have to Pay for Autographs in Celebrity Summit?

Yes. Once you get to the front of the line and approach the celebrity’s table, you’ll have the option to pay for an autograph.

There will usually be a variety of items at the table (such as an array of printed photos) that you can choose the celebrity to sign, but you can also bring your own item, such as a Pop Funko, a DVD, or book.

Yes, autographs for Summit guests do cost money — they are not included in your ticket price. Each celebrity sets the price of their autographs, with most charging in the $40-$60 range, but a few can be $100 or more.

Remember: Only cash is accepted for autographs. When you get to the celebrity’s table, there will be an assistant sitting next to them who will collect your payment.

Autograph prices for each celebrity will be posted on our website under each person’s bio well in advance of the convention, and we’ll let you know when that pricing is available with an announcement or two on our social media channels — so be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Prices are subject to change at any time, but don’t often do.

Why Do Autographs in Celebrity Summit Cost Extra?

The reason for this is pretty straightforward. When celebrities appear at conventions, they are not donating their time, they are working — it’s part of their job. By paying for an autograph, you are essentially compensating them for their time. It’s really that simple.

How Do I Schedule and Pay for Professional Photographs Taken with Celebrities?

In addition to getting a signature from your favorite star, you can also pose for a professionally captured, studio-quality photo with them.

In fact, you can have up to four people (including yourself) pose together with the celebrity for the same cost. There will also be a small number of opportunities to have more than one celebrity pose together in your photo.

These professional photography opportunities are managed entirely by our awesome third-party provider EPIC Photo Ops. EPIC specializes in this specialized type of celebrity photography at conventions, and they are one of the best in the business.

Remember: These professional photographs cost an additional fee.

A few weeks before the beginning of the convention, EPIC will post a page on their website with details about which celebrities are available for photos, their pricing, and the ability to schedule a photo session online in advance.

We’ll also provide a link to the EPIC page from the Celebrity Summit attraction page, and announce it on our social media channels when the EPIC page is live.

What Do I Do After I’ve Scheduled a Celebrity Photo Shoot?

About 15 minutes before your photo shoot is scheduled to begin, you should arrive at the EPIC Photo Ops booth that will be in Celebrity Summit. It’s a big setup, so you can’t miss it.

Please avoid arriving more than 30 minutes before, however, because it creates more traffic and slows down the overall process. The lines move quickly, so getting there an hour in advance just means you will have to stand for an extra hour, and not in the line.

After you sign in at the EPIC booth, a representative from EPIC will assist you in entering one of the photo studio booths set up in the Summit at your scheduled time.

After the shoot is complete, you will receive a high-quality print of the photo. You can opt for an extra charge for a downloadable JPG version on the EPIC website.

How Do I Meet Guests Appearing OUTSIDE of Celebrity Summit?

It surprises some first-time con attendees that there are more than 100 film, TV, comics, author, artist, gaming, educational and other celebrity guests that appear outside of the Celebrity Summit attraction area.

These guests appear in the many other attraction areas spread throughout the convention, such as Booktopia, the Reel Heroes Filmaker Series, Artist Valley, Cosplay Canyon, The Arena gaming area, and the PCC Kids’ Lab (to name a few).

The great news is that your opportunity to meet these guests is included in the price of your ticket. During your visit you are free to (politely) walk right up to these guests, talk with them, often take selfies with them, get things autographed by them, and just generally fan-out.

Each of the Attractions pages on the DCC website will eventually have a complete list of the guests appearing in that particular area, and each guest’s individual schedule will be posted on their DCC bio page. If the Attraction page you’re looking for isn’t live yet, check back about a month before the convention starts.

These pages are there to help you to plan your schedule in advance, so you can meet and spend time with as many of your favorite stars as possible.

18 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    Will professional photos be signed by stars?

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    • Tara

      Jennifer, if you purchase a photo op through Epic Photo Ops, it does not come signed. However, you may purchase an autograph and take it to get signed once you receive it.

      Reply
  2. Salena

    The various photos on a celebrity’s table that you can choose for an autograph, are they a separate purchase? or are they included in the price of the autograph?

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    • Christa

      I would like to know this as well as I have never been to a Comic con and don’t know what to expect!

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      • Tara

        Christa, if you don’t have a personal item you’d like a guest to sign, they do have 8×10″ photos at their booth they will autograph if you’ve purchased an autograph ticket.

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    • Tara

      Salena, the 8×10″ photos at the celebrity’s table are included in the autograph fee.

      Reply
  3. Tyler Connely

    Will autographs be limited to small items you bring yourself i.e. funko pops, action figures or can it be larger prop replicas i.e. dragon sword ( in box ), power ranger prop weapons? Also can u take pics with ur cell phone or do u have to pay for the pro photo?

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    • Tara

      Tyler, you may bring personal items to have signed. Just know that the guest always has first right of refusal. Table selfies may be available for some guests, but we often don’t know before the show. Your best bet is to ask the line attendant.

      Reply
  4. Bonnie

    I bought 2 tickets for the 16th, but there is only one scan icon in my flash seats. I’m hoping that’s for both tickets. Tell me that’s true! Thanks

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  5. Mabel Baenen

    My 13 year old daughter and I are planning to take a greyhound bus from Orlando, Fl. to attend your Comic-Con because it is the only opportunity we’ve seen to get a picture with both David Tenant and Matt Smith. I am now nervous because I no longer see Matt Smith under guests nor photo op but also don’t see any notice having cancelled him. Please let us know if he will be there as it will determine whether or not we attend. We would have to leave Wednesday morning to make it to Denver by Friday. It is a huge sacrifice for us. Thank you!

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    • Tara

      Mabel, unfortunately Matt Smith’s filming schedule changed and his is no longer attending DCC’18. David Tennant, however, is still scheduled to appear.

      Reply
  6. Scott

    I no longer see a way to pre-buy epic photos. Is the window closed.

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  7. Amy

    Are we able to pay for 2 autographs (which mean 2 of the 8×10 photos available) and have the celebrity sign 2 of them at one time? Thank you so much for all your hard work getting these celebrities here for our enjoyment!!!! 😉

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    • Tara

      Amy, yes you may.

      Reply
  8. Tara Howard

    Do the Spotlight Q&As cost money to attend? If so, does it vary per celebrity?

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    • Tara

      Tara, all panels are included in a regular DCC ticket price. They are not additional fees.

      Reply

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